intu Victoria Centre unveils the Four Autumn / Winter trends you should be wearing this season
Shoppers in Nottingham are being given a helping hand when it comes to their Autumn / Winter wardrobe thanks to intu Victoria Centre’s top retailers and leading fashion blogger, Bonnie Rakhit.
The city’s biggest retail destination has teamed up with the former fashion editor and brains behind the award-winning blog The Style Traveller to unveil the biggest trends for the new season.
Here, Bonnie talks us through her top style picks with a little help from some of intu Victoria Centre’s own fashion experts:
Ruffles & romance
From pairing biker boots with a tiered dress, to a voluminous blouse under dungarees, ruffles are a majorly fun trend.
“Ruffles, frills, tiers – whatever you call them, big volume is back in the spotlight!” said Bonnie.
“Nobody wants to look like a meringue, so the best way to wear this trend is to wear the ruffles in tiers. Steer clear of pieces that have ruffles at your midriff or around your shoulders where you might not want excess fabric. Also, ruffles don’t have to be all over the place, some of the styles that were on the catwalk were full blown, intense ruffles everywhere, but you don’t have to do that. If you go into any high-street shop you’ll find more subtle versions!”
Alexandra Fox from John Lewis & Partners at intu Victoria Centre, added:
“Fun, feminine and oh-so stylish, this season there’s a perfect ruffle for everyone. For a soft yet structural take on the trend, a ruffled blouse will easily take you from day to date night, perfectly paired with tapered trousers, your favourite jeans or a structured skirt.”
Yes to yellow
Brightening up the darker, colder months, yellow is a major trend for Autumn and Winter.
Bonnie admits: “I’m obsessed with this trend. It’s a jaw-dropping, fabulous colour that lifts everybody’s mood.
“You don’t have to wear a top-to-bottom yellow, just a little accessory here or there is absolutely fine – nobody wants to look like a banana. Secondly, wear the right hue for you. I think that perhaps those with darker features might find it easier to wear different types of yellow. If your skin tone is fairer or you have lighter hair, maybe mustards don’t work as well for you, so maybe you could go for the lighter shades. And third, just have fun with it!”
Heather Devey from House of Fraser at intu Victoria Centre, said:
“Not sure a yellow top or bottoms will suit your style? There’s lots of subtle ways to own the yellow trend this season by bringing it into your accessories. A yellow handbag and matching scarf creates a classic yellow look to add a touch of the trend to any outfit”
Sparkle & shine
Not just reserved for parties and nights out, sparkle & shine is set to make it into your everyday wardrobe this season.
“I’m not suggesting you wear a full maxi dress covered in sequins to go to work,” said Bonnie. “However, there are some really beautiful pieces out this season, such as the sparkle pleat skirt.
“Something like that works really well and you can wear it to the office with a really pretty white silk blouse and a pair of work-oriented shoes. But then if you’re going out for the evening, you could swap out the silk blouse for a black or matching sparkly top and then add some going out shoes and a bit of bling jewellery.”
Olivia Fletcher from Urban Outfitters at intu Victoria Centre, offers this advice: “Items like satin cargo bottoms are a great way to make this trend work for you any day of the week. Combine it with an edgy d-ring belt and contrasting platforms to amplify the style. Adding a matching bucket hat, makes the look easily wearable for both women and men whatever the weather.”
A big trend for men for Autumn / Winter 2019 is double denim.
Bonnie said: “If you’re not too confident approaching this trend, the easier way to go about it is to match the denim colours, so opt for black jeans with a black denim jacket, or if you’ve got blue denim, try and make the blues the same hue, but wear a white or colourful T-shirt underneath to make it less blocky.
“But if you are more confident in your style, you know what you’re doing and you’ve read all the fashion magazines, then go for it and literally wear the denim shirts tucked in denim trousers with a really awesome denim jacket over the top – but that’s only for the most style-confident amongst men!”
MacKenzie Widdowson from Timberland at intu Victoria Centre, added: “The double denim trend is a really approachable one for men. Add a neutral t-shirt to the outfit for that cool daytime look and don’t be afraid to mix your denim shades. Team it with a tan boot and accessories to make the look truly pop.”